Joanne Truesdell, Clackamas Community College president since 2007, will retire in the spring

The Clackamas Community College Board of Education has named the final candidates for president of the school. Joanne Truesdell, CCC president since 2007, will retire in the spring.

Finalists for the position are:

Tim Cook, vice president of instruction at Clark College in Washington. Cook has worked at Clack College since 1997 and held a variety of positions, such as counseling faculty member, department chair and acting dean of student success and retention. He holds a doctorate degree in higher education administration with an emphasis in community college leadership from Oregon State University.

Chris Haines, interim president at Phoenix College in Arizona. At Phoenix College, Haines has also served as interim vice president and dean of student affairs. Prior to that, she served as interim associate dean of enrollment services at South Mountain Community College in Arizona. She holds a masters degree in educational counseling from Northern Arizona University and is working on her doctoral degree in educational leadership/higher education at Northern Arizona University.

Jessica Howard, president of Portland Community College Southeast Campus. Howard has been PCC's Southeast Campus president since 2012. Prior to that, she served as vice president of academic affairs at San Antonio College. Howard holds a doctorate in performance studies from New York University; before working in administration, she taught music and humanities at the high school, community college and university levels.

J. Michael Thompson, president of Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus in Ohio. Thompson was hired at Cuyahoga Community College in 2005 after serving as the dean of academic affairs, department chair and political science facility at Northern Kentucky University Western Campus. He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Kentucky.

Finalists will be invited to Clackamas Community College at the end of January to tour the school's campuses; meet students, staff and faculty; and participate in public forums. For more information about the search process, visit

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